Reel Asian Co-presentations & Asian Picks at Images Festival

It was standing-room only tonight at the catalogue launch for the 26th edition of the Images Festival, held at the Urbanspace Gallery.
26th Images Festival Catalogue LaunchNow that the programming has been released to the public, we’re pleased to announce that we are co-presenting two films next month…Reel Asian Copresentations at 26th Images Festival

In Lukas nino (Lukas The Strange), a young girl narrates the story of a missing actress, a missing local man, and all the ensuing excitement and disruption that occur when a film crew comes to town to shoot a movie. Meanwhile, 13-year-old Lukas wonders if his absent father has really become a tikbalang – a mythical half-man, half-horse creature. Screens 9pm on Sunday, April 14 at Jackman Hall – details & tickets here.

The hybrid documentary Your Day is My Night chronicles the personal and collective experiences of a household of immigrants living in a “shift-bed” apartment in New York’s Chinatown.  A shared bed rented in several-hour increments by people who are neither in the same family nor in a relationship, the shift-bed is an extraordinary facet of immigrant life with a history stretching back more than a century. Screens 6:30pm on Friday, April 19 at Jackman Hall – details & tickets here. Director Lynne Sachs will be in attendance.

In addition to our two co-presentations above, Images has all sorts of work by Asian filmmakers in their “On Screen” (film & video screenings) component:

  • Artist Amit Dutta‘s conversation with leading Indian art historian Professor B.N. Goswamy, Museum of the Imagination, screens in the All That Is Solid shorts programme; 8pm on Saturday, April 13.
  • Leslie Supnet‘s You Are Here and Yi Cui‘s Shadow Puppet both screen in the mmNemonic DVices programme of recent Toronto film & video shorts; 10:30pm on Saturday, April 13. Supnet screened at Reel Asian most recently in 2012 with her film Gains + Losses and Cui has served on our programming committee
  • Manitoban South Asian Canadian Gurpreet Sehra and cross-border Canadian Jennifer Chan are both in the Borders/Bodies international student showcase; Sehra with King Kong and Chan with Young Money; 6:30pm on Monday, April 15
  • Japanese American Takahiro Suzuki‘s 9214 is part of the Before Our Eyes programme; 6:30pm on Thursday, April 18
  • Japanese filmmaker Teruo Koike‘s mesmerizing Ecosystem-6: A Sort of Mycelium is in the Patterns programme; 8:30pm on Friday, April 19

Screenings take place at Jackman Hall and general admission is $10 ($5 for students, seniors, and Images members.) The festival’s “Off Screen” (galleries & installations) component also has Asian artists involved:

  • Kuai Shen is an artist of Asian heritage, born in Ecuador and practicing in Cologne, Germany. His fascinating ant-ecosystem installation Oh!m1gas: bimimetic stridulation environment is at InterAccess April 13-18.
  • Jennifer Chan and Sarah Wong have work in the An Illuminated iDentity show at XPACE Cultural Centre, April 12-May 4.
  • Experimental art legend Patty Chang, whose work Reel Asian highlighted in 2006, teams up with Noah Klersfeld for Currents, an installation originally created for the newly-renovated Tom Bradley International Terminal at LAX, the Los Angeles international airport. Fittingly, it’s being mounted at YYZ (the gallery, not the airport) from April 11-20.

Finally, experimental filmmaker Gye-joong Kim, co-founder and program director of the prestigious EXiS (Experimental Film and Video Festival) in Seoul will be on the Images jury this year.